3. Power to appoint special Judges.
(1) The Central Government or the State Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, appoint as many Special Judges as may be necessary for such area or areas or for such case or group of cases as may be specified in the notification to try the following offences, namely: –
(a) Any offence punishable under this Act; and
(b) Any conspiracy to commit, any attempt to commit, or any abetment of any of the offences specified in clause (a).
(2) A person shall not be qualified for appointment as a special Judge under this Act unless he is or has been a Sessions Judge or an Additional Session Judge or an Assistant Session Judge under the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 (2 of 1974).